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STENA LINE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS

Monday, May 13, 2019 

Stena Line has now released its third sustainability review A Sustainable Journey describing initiatives, improvements and challenges in the operations from the sustainability perspective as well as results on the company's sustainability targets.

CEO Niclas Mårtensson said: “With size comes responsibility and our ambition is to improve our operations every year to become a leader in sustainable shipping. The past year we have had exiting developments pairing artificial intelligence with the know-how of our experienced employees on-board as well as increased focus on electrification. We have continued our efforts within crew and passenger safety as well as launched a new initiative for more diversity in our operations. This is a very exciting time for our company and I’m proud that Stena Line continues help shape the industry for European short-sea transportation.”

Stena Lines sustainability strategy is divided into five focus areas tied to the UN Global Goals for sustainable development with ambitious targets set in each focus area. They are Equality & inclusion, Good health & wellbeing, Clean energy, Responsible consumption, Life below water.

“We have more than 5,500 employees who all make big and small contributions towards our sustainability targets and it’s great to see that we are making good progress in many areas while maintaining a safe and efficient operation. Our industry has a big challenge with our fossil dependence and our total carbon emissions increased in line with freight volumes so we have more to do in this area. The initiatives started within electrification are relatively new to our industry but extremely important going forward as we gradually move to low-carbon operations,” said Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability

Under the clean energy heading, the review mentioned Stena Scandinavica on the Gothenburg-Kiel route, which has used artificial intelligence (AI) technology to save fuel and lower cut emissions. When launched fleet wide, Stena Lines expects to reduce fuel consumption by 2.5 %. Stena Jutlandica was equipped with a 1MWh hybrid battery installation, used on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route. The company connected its 14th ship to green shore side electricity in the Port of Oslo. In total 37 % of the fleet, and 20 % of the terminals, are now equipped with shore power connections and save 14,000 mt of CO2 per year. 

Additionally, Stena Line is testing several initiatives for cleaner antifouling such as ultrasonic transducers, silicon based paint and bio-repellent Selektope which was painted on new-building Stena Estrid during 2018.

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